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Best Earbuds I've Owned!
on October 5, 2012
Prior to owning the audiOHM HF earbuds, I used the iconic white Apple earbuds as my mobile headphones. I also own a large boom-mic gaming headset with phenomenal sound quality, so I have a good frame of reference to review this product from a non-audiophile perspective.
First off, ergonomics and form: It seems like standard earbuds (like the Apple iPod/iPhone set) aren't designed to stick in your ear as much as they are designed to "hang" there in the opening. I find it to be incredibly stupid - if they're not shoved in just right, you get audio leaks and lose sound quality. On the other hand, if you jam it in there as deep as you can, it's painful and probably won't stay there for long. The audiOHM avoids that glaring design flaw by implementing a roughly 35-degree bend on the sound port. This, combined with a flexible rubber cup on the end, allows the audiOHM to stick deeper into the ear canal than traditional headphones while maintaining solid contact and a proper seal. This contributes greatly to audio quality, which I will discuss in the next section. My wife uses regular old cheap-o headphones and never complained about the fit, but as soon as she tried on my new pair of audiOHMs, she instantly wanted a set for herself.
Sound quality: As I mentioned previously, the tighter, deeper seal of the audiOHMs is not only comfortable, but also greatly improves the audio quality. My music seems louder and fuller than traditional headphones that fail to seal the entire ear canal. Outside noise is also greatly reduced versus the Apple pair. I believe it may also contribute to the better bass effect over the Apple set, but let's face it, Apple headphones just plain suck for anything except phone calls. Mid-range on the audiOHMs is clear and crisp, I don't notice any abnormal hissing on the high-end (I expected a little - let's be realistic here), and the bass is deep and rich for such small, comfortable, and inexpensive headphones.
The integrated microphone is just icing on the cake and the awesomely low pricetag is the ice cream on the side!
These are the best earbuds I've ever owned. Barring some freak washing machine accident, I can see myself owning this pair for a long, long time.
Closing words: If you're an audiophile, don't bother, because you're not going to get the same experience from this that you get from those luxury sets that are ten times the price. If you're a hipster, don't bother, because these aren't very kitsch. If you're a rapper, don't bother, because these aren't made by Dr. Dre. If you're just looking for comfortable high-quality earbuds that won't break the bank, buy these! You won't be disappointed!